Bee Roots for 2021-09-29

The table provides clues for the roots of words in today's NY Times Spelling Bee. You're responsible for prefixes, suffixes, tense changes, plurals, doubling consonants before suffixes, and alternate spellings of roots. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle

Table content

clue #words coveredroot 1st letterclue
11AGarlic mayonnaise, from French for garlic
21AHeavy block for metalworking
31ABee-related adj.
41AMake use of (…yourself of), or use (to no…)
51ABird-related adj. (...Flu, e.g.)
61IAtom or molecule with a net electric charge
71LHawaiian island or porch
81LSheep (wool) oil, used as skin moisturizer
91LPut something down
101LRoaring “...King” animal that travels in a pride
111LFat-sucking procedure, abbr.
121LSex organ region of body (fruit of my…s); anagram of “…King” animal
131LSucking candy on a stick
141NSpike that’s hammered, noun/verb
151N1 followed 30 zeroes; Latin 9 prefix
161OMixture, or spicy Spanish stew, NOT margarine
171OVeg that makes you cry when cut
181OBelief or judgment (“In my humble…)
191PBucket, NOT white-faced
201PSensation from an injury, noun/verb
211PToasted Italian sandwich
221PSmall rounded bump on body part such as tongue (from Latin, and/or plural in some puzzles)
231PSpaniel with butterfly ears
241PDecorative building used as a shelter in a park
251PLiberace’s instrument
261PInstrument with 88 keys played by a roll of punched paper
271PTablet of medicine
281PPassenger seat behind rider on motorcycle or horse; starts with above
291PPart of bird wing, or small gear engaging with large one (as in “rack &...” steering)
301PFosse musical about Charlemagne’s son, or apple variety
311POrdinary, unadorned, NOT a 747; adj.
321PDisease that put FDR in a wheelchair
331PPlain-woven fabric, typically a lightweight cotton, with a corded surface
341VConceited (Carly Simon “You’re So…”)
352VFlavor from beans of white (plain…) ice cream + chemical compound of that flavor, C₈H₈O₃
361VSmall glass container (…of poison), NOT despicable
371VLarge & luxurious country house (Roman…)
381VBad guy in a story (starts with above)
391V6–stringed upright Renaissance fiddle
401VModern fiddle smaller than cello, cross-dressing twin lead of “Twelfth Night,” or actress Davis
411VItzhak Perlman’s fiddle
421VFrench exclamation (et…) “here it is!”

About this site

This site provides clues for a day's New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle. It exists to make it easier for Kevin Davis to take a day off. Most of the clues come from him. There may be some startup problems, but long term I think I can put the clues together with no more than half an hour's work.

The "Bee Roots" approach is to provide explicit clues for root words, not every word. This is similar to what Kevin Davis does, but without information about parts of speech As logophiles, we are pretty good at putting on prefixes and suffixes, changing tense, and forming plurals (including Latin plurals!). The clues cover root words, arranged alphabetically by root word, with a count of words in the puzzle that come from each root. For example, if a puzzle includes ROAM and ROAMING, there will be a clue for ROAM and a count of 2. The root may not appear in the puzzle at all; for example, the 2021-07-23 Bee included ICED, DEICE, and DEICED. For such a puzzle, the clue would be for ICE with a word count of 3.

The Bee Roots approach involves judgement sometimes. For example, if a puzzle includes LOVE, LOVED, and LOVELY, how many roots are needed to cover them? LOVE and LOVED share the root LOVE, certainly, but LOVELY is tricky. LOVE is part of its etymology, but by now, the word means "exquisitely beautiful," which is a lot farther from the meaning of LOVE than swithcing to past tense. I'm inclined to treat LOVE and LOVELY as separate roots. You may not agree, which is fine. Another thing we logophiles share is a LOVE of arguing about words on Twitter.

One last complication, until another one pops up: a few roots have multiple spellings, for example LOLLYGAG and LALLYGAG. Depending on the day's letters, and maybe even the editor's whims, one or both could be in the puzzle's answer list. With such roots, you could see a word count of 2, even if there are no applicable prefixes or suffixes.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout

Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.